November 18, 2015 at 1:47PM


Best lenses for film with Canon 70D

i have just recently bought a Canon 70D along with two lenses (18-135mm and 70-300mm), i have lighting equipment, a mic, tripod, cheap dolly and DIY steadicam. i was wondering if there are any lenses that are really great for film that i should get my hands on, or any other equipment that i should look at first! Using the camera currently for personal use(short films, pictures etc) but myself and a friend are working on a documentary at the current moment and i want to make sure i have all my bases covered. Any input would help! Thanks!


Hey, I heard the Tokina 11-16mm is a pretty good versatile wide lens. Also, Rokinon lenses are pretty good as well, but they are completely manual.

November 18, 2015 at 8:02PM


Okay, thank you!

Lucas Veltrie

November 19, 2015 at 7:16AM

Tamron 17-50mm is also a good budget lens you can find for around 250ish on ebay! I hear good things about it. Check out this channel on youtube called DSLRGuide, it has very informative tips for filmmaking. Good luck man.

Alex Davalos

November 19, 2015 at 3:20PM

You will probably want to add a couple of fast prime lenses to your kit, so you might want to take a look at the Sigma ART prime lenses for Canon.

November 19, 2015 at 8:47AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

The Sigma art series is very good. I have the Sigma 18-35 1.8 art series lens. I researched lenses for the 70d and this was recommended by a wide group of folks.
Also check out this link for a good listing of tested lenses.
I also have the cheaper Sigma 50 1.4, not the Art series, which I like. The art version of the 50 rates higher but cost more.
I have the Tokina 11-16 and am happy with it. I picked it up used at KEH.

November 19, 2015 at 10:48AM

Ben Goldman
Artist, gallery director, videographer

1- Determine your budget
2- Run around with the 18-135 framing as many shots as you can. Each time you've framed, note the focal length of the zoom. Then you'll know what primes you'll use most.
3- Then decide if you want to buy new or used lenses, or maybe find vintage glass.

November 19, 2015 at 12:38PM, Edited November 19, 12:44PM

Charlie K

The Tokina 11-16 is a real nice lens. Also check out the Rokinon 10mm F2.8

November 19, 2015 at 1:29PM

Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer

I also have a 70d and although i don't have the lenses you bought i do have a sigma 50mm 1.4 art and a rokinon 14mm 2.8. both a solid lenses and although I probably use my 14 more than the 50 i highly recommend both. Other lenses ive used that i found work great with the 70d is the sigma 18-35 1.8 and canon 28-135 and then ive rented a majorty of cinema primes and all of the L lenses all of which obviously work great but may be a tad bit expensive to own. the 28-135 is a great solid lens for just all around use whether your doing video/film or photography and the sigma 18-35 are just amazing its actually the next lens im going to purchase

November 20, 2015 at 6:25AM

Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker

It really comes down to what you want to shoot. There is no perfect lens for all situations. a 50 1.2 is beautiful but if you're shooting a documentary pretty pointless. The advise to run around with what you have noting the focal lengths you use is brilliant. Do that, then come back to a lens purchase later on.

November 20, 2015 at 8:17AM, Edited November 20, 8:17AM

Shooter / Cutter

Thank you all for the help! truly is appreciated

November 20, 2015 at 1:48PM

Lucas Veltrie


Do check out an 85mm EF prime. I pretty much use this lens 95% of the time. Paired with 70D's amazing autofocus/face recognition it will give you a plenty of great shots.

Here is a video I shot with 70D and 85mm combo:

November 21, 2015 at 2:16PM


I'll second the Tamron 17-50 2.8, and I also love my Rokinon 85 1.4 Those are my two go-to lenses that basically live on my bodies.

November 22, 2015 at 9:04PM


I own a 70D, and here are the lenses I have
- 18-135 3,5-5,6
- 24-105 F 4.0 canon
- 18-35 1.8 Sigma
- 50mm 1.4 Asahi super takumar (old manual lens)

I haven't used the 18-135 since i bought the 24-105. The 24-105 is the one I take everywhere, and I prefer it to the 18-135 because of its constant and wider aperture ( on the 18-135, f 3,5 is only available at very wide angles) and much better ergonomy.
The "silent" motor of stm lenses is pretty useless in my opinion, because I will never use the in-camera sound if I need to record anything.

the 18-35 is great, I love it, but it is not very cheap.

I you want to have some primes I would recommand to watch for old manual lenses;
One of the best deal is the Helios 44-2 f2.0, you can find it for $30 on ebay and is pretty impressive, very nice bokeh, declicked iris... You just need to buy a M42 to Eos adapter, which costs something like $5.

November 23, 2015 at 1:01PM


Canon 50mm 1.8, Again, if you're shooting documentaries maybe something wider for when you're running and gunning. Also, remember the 1.6 crop factor. That confused the heck out of me for a while.

November 24, 2015 at 11:30AM

Nathan Karimi
Writer/ Director

Im building my Nikkor non ais prime set now. I really like them with every cam Ive used them on when renting so Ive been hunting for some diamonds in the rough. Good thing is you can complete your prime range for fairly cheap with manual wide open apertures that can help you achieve some looks that much more expensive lens sets do better but starting out it would put you that much ahead.

December 10, 2015 at 5:11PM

Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer

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